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Veterans Day events

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Parades like the 54th Annual Veterans Day Parade in Auburn honors all veterans. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

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This Veterans Day weekend there are many events throughout the South Sound honoring veterans. The following is a list of some of the events you can attend.


Veterans Day Social & Happy Hour

Meet student veteran leadership and University of Washington student veterans to celebrate in advance of Veterans Day.An American Tavern, 5 p.m.,744 Market St. 102B, Tacoma

Veterans Day Assembly, St. Patrick Catholic School

All veterans, reservists and active-duty service members are invited to be a part of the school's annual celebration. Guest speaker is Aaron Riggio. All veterans are asked to RSVP at Patrick Catholic School, 1:40-2:40 p.m., 1112 North G St., Tacoma


54th Annual Auburn Veterans Day Parade and Observance

The parade will showcase over 200 units and almost 6,000 parade participants, to include high school marching bands, military vehicles, veterans' units and honor guards. 11 a.m., East Main St., Auburn

Film Screening of Apache Blues: Welcome Home

Filmmakers Dave Merlino and Dustin Sweet screen their documentary on the first air assault unit in history, the 1st Squadron of the 9th Cavalry Regiment.The Museum of Flight, 1 p.m., 9404 East Marginal Way S, Tukwila, Free with Museum admission  

Veterans Appreciation Days -- Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

All veterans and active-duty military receive free admission, and their families get half-off general admission at the front gate.Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 5400 N Pearl St., Tacoma


Veterans Day: Women's Roles in the Military

Dr. Margarethe Cammermeyer will discuss the history of women's changing roles in the Army followed by an on-stage interview.Washington State History Museum, 1 to 2:30 p.m., 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma


Tahoma National Cemetery Veterans Day Ceremony

For the 22nd year, there will be an honoring of all veterans with a ceremony at the flagpole assembly area.Tahoma National Cemetery, 11 a.m., 18600 SE 240th St., Kent

Veterans Program

A celebration to honor the home's veterans.Orting Soldiers Home, 1:30-3 p.m., Chilson Hall, 1301 Orting-Kapowsin Highway, Orting

2nd Annual Gig Harbor Veterans Day Celebration Luncheon

This event features a Veterans Day celebration and lunch to honor those men and women who faithfully serve the country during war and peace.Point Fosdick Antique Airplane Hangar, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1108 26th Ave. NW, Gig Harbor, veterans free, guests pay $15

A Patriotic Nov. 11 Day at The Museum of Flight

Free admission for veterans and active-duty military, a ceremony with retired Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli, concert music, and a Vietnam Air Rescue lecture.  The Museum of Flight, 11 a.m., 9404 E Marginal Way S, Tukwila

Veterans Day Celebration -- Pacific Lutheran University

Yellow paper ribbons will be distributed to the various departments on campus to recognize any veterans they may know. The collected ribbons will be displayed in the Kreidler Lounge.PLU Kreidler Hall, 11 a.m. to noon, 12180 Park Ave. S, Tacoma

Vietnam Veterans Memorial War Reading and Pinning Ceremony

Celebrating the 50th Year Commemoration of the Vietnam War, the Sacajawea Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will honor Vietnam veterans and their families. Retired BG John Rose will be the featured speaker.Vietnam Memorial, 1 p.m., Capitol Campus, Olympia, Free

Veterans Day Celebration

Harbor Voice singing school will perform at this annual celebration to honor veterans.Harbor Place at Cottesmore, choral salute 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1016 29th St. NW, Gig Harbor

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Veterans Day Supported Events

JBLM units will support more than 20 Veterans Day events hosted by schools, veterans groups and other organizations in the South Sound area.

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